Flora

New Zealand’s native plants are unique as they evolved in isolation for millions of years. 80% of our trees, ferns and flowering plants are found only in New Zealand.
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Resplendent! Scarlet mistletoe at Tuatapere Scenic Reserve, Southland, New Zealand.

Resplendent! Scarlet mistletoe at Tuatapere Scenic Reserve, Southland, New Zealand.

The largest known Northern Rata. Thought to be over 1000 years old, it is 39 metres high and has a girth or circumference of over 15m. Blog post + photos: @inkwise

The largest known Northern Rata. Thought to be over 1000 years old, it is 39 metres high and has a girth or circumference of over 15m. Blog post + photos: @inkwise

New Zealand's tiny, threatened swamp helmet orchid can only be found in one peat bog within the Whangamarino Wetlands. Photo: George Novak / NZ Geographic

New Zealand's tiny, threatened swamp helmet orchid can only be found in one peat bog within the Whangamarino Wetlands. Photo: George Novak / NZ Geographic

Meet the rare white kākābeak/ngutukākā flower. The white kākābeak once grew at the Tiniroto cliffs near Wairoa, New Zealand but has not been seen in the wild since the 1950s. Scion, DOC, Landcare Research and the Ngutukākā Recovery Group are changing that.

Meet the rare white kākābeak/ngutukākā flower. The white kākābeak once grew at the Tiniroto cliffs near Wairoa, New Zealand but has not been seen in the wild since the 1950s. Scion, DOC, Landcare Research and the Ngutukākā Recovery Group are changing that.

Native fern growing next to the Blue Pools on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Photo: Daniel Pietzsch | CC BY-NC 2.0

Native fern growing next to the Blue Pools on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Photo: Daniel Pietzsch | CC BY-NC 2.0

Happy first week of spring New Zealand! Kakabeak/ kowhai ngutukaka produce stunning large flowers that resemble the beak of a kākā. Photo: Brenda Anderson | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Happy first week of spring New Zealand! Kakabeak/ kowhai ngutukaka produce stunning large flowers that resemble the beak of a kākā. Photo: Brenda Anderson | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Keep kauri standing! Learn how you can help: www.kauridieback.co.nz. Photo: ap2il | flickr

Keep kauri standing! Learn how you can help: www.kauridieback.co.nz. Photo: ap2il | flickr

Happy New Year! Did you welcome in 2014 with fireworks? We missed the pyrotechnic displays but have taken some inspiration from the flowering tī kōuka/cabbage tree which we think are the botanical equivalents of an exploding fireball lighting up the sky. Photo: Jon Sullivan | CC BY-NC 2.0

Happy New Year! Did you welcome in 2014 with fireworks? We missed the pyrotechnic displays but have taken some inspiration from the flowering tī kōuka/cabbage tree which we think are the botanical equivalents of an exploding fireball lighting up the sky. Photo: Jon Sullivan | CC BY-NC 2.0

Rātā moehau is now New Zealand’s most threatened tree, but DNA data is providing a glimmer of hope for the species’ survival. Photo: Peter de Lange.

Rātā moehau is now New Zealand’s most threatened tree, but DNA data is providing a glimmer of hope for the species’ survival. Photo: Peter de Lange.

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